As the most reliable Democratic voters in the past two presidential elections, Black women are an essential part of the winning coalition that any Democratic candidate will need to win in 2016. The urgency that Chisholm felt in 1970 resonates strongly today. But so, too, does her optimism for a better future.
Hey Washington, pay attention to us. We are the ones you should be targeting because -- here's a scary thought -- we are the future. But, in order to invoke the change we want to see, we have to speak up. And for our country's sake, the 74 percent of you who didn't vote in the last presidential election -- go vote.